Words of the Week

I am fully aware that this is going to make me sound like a complete and utter ‘geek’ – but: I love words.

There, I said it, words are wonderful. Words can paint pictures in your mind, they have the power to make you feel profoundly and they enable you to speak your thoughts. Am I right?

Recently, I have been getting back in to reading. To be truly candid; it isn’t something that I have ever been passionate about or religiously done – it was something that slipped my mind but I never really stuck to it. I regret this sincerely. Over the past month or so, I have learned so much through reading. It has opened up a whole other world for me. I love it.

Whenever I am reading a book, and I stumble across an unfamiliar word (or even a word that I know the meaning of but I never use it often enough) I take it a note of it. Then I research the meaning of it, jot it down in this notebook that I’ve got going on, and I look over it from time to time. It really is a fruitful and worthwhile thing to do; before you know it – you are using these words without even realising it. It’s marvellous.

So, I thought, seeing as I have 30+ words so far in my notebook of ‘new words’ that I would share some with you. I will do this from time to time (I have named this post ‘Words of the Week’ however I won’t be doing this every single week – just now and again – unless people like it and want me to do it more often).

So let me share with you 4 words that I am fond of at the moment:

FORLORN: This means pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely/ Unlikely to succeed or be fulfilled.
For example: “A forlorn attempt to escape” and “She was forlorn when she found out the trip had been cancelled”. miserable, wretched, dejected, hopeless, unsuccessful…

OMINOUS: Giving the worrying impression that something bad is going to happen/ being or showing a sign of evil or misfortune to come.
For example: “His ominous farewell silenced her.” and “Something ominous hangs in the winter air”
menacing, dangerous, dark, threatening, unpromising, fearful…

SALUBRIOUS: This means health-giving; healthy/ (of a place) pleasant; not run down.
For example: “Sunny and pleasant weather that makes you feel good is an example of weather that would be described as salubrious.” healthy, good for one’s health, pleasant, expensive, lurxurious…

UNBIDDEN: Without having been commanded or invited/ Arising without conscious effort (thought or feeling)
For example: “Unbidden guests” and “Unbidden excitement grew deep inside her”
Uninvited, unasked, unrequested, spontaneous, voluntary, unforced…

I hope that you have liked this post – something a bit different, right? I would love to get you guys involved: Can I ask that you write a quick paragraph in the comments using these 4 words – or 4 separate sentences. You don’t have to take it too seriously, it’s just a bit of fun. Enjoy!
Until next time
Charlene McElhinney

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EMAIL: charlenemcelhinney@icloud.com


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